State Senator Leeland Yee (D-San Francisco, San Mateo) introduced a bill Monday that would freeze executive pay in the University of California and California State University systems.
The freezes would happen during bad budget years or when student fees increased, if the bill passes.
Yee’s office said a similar bill was proposed by the senator in 2009, but was vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Governor Jerry Brown, on the other hand, has publicly spoken out against UC and CSU administrator pay increases.
A news release of Yee’s office makes a specific example out of new UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who is reportedly taking a 10 percent pay increase from the previous chancellor.
Senate Bill 8 will be considered by lawmakers in early 2013.